In Germany, you didn’t have a revolution like us. After the revolution, people, especially young people, were highly motivated to push forward democracy. When I got this opportunity to observe the first election, it was a great experience. I felt so great when I was chosen for this. Moreover, it fitted to my studies of public law and political sciences. And indeed, I got a lot of experience and a deep insight in the work of an observer.
Not at all, I had to control the procedure of the election.
Checking if everything is running smoothly, putting fingers into the ink pads and helping illiterate citizens. We did all of this to save the transparency of the election.
I was very impressed about the high turnout of the Tunisian people at the election. Over 60% went to vote. Also, the participation of woman at the election was amazing. In Tunisia, we have two rounds of elections and around 50.5 % of the woman in Tunisia went to the first round of presidential elections to vote.
Yes, it’s important for women to engage more, but all of us should take an interest in politics. The decisions that politicians make on the local, national, or international level influence the lives of men and women equally. Taking an active interest in politics can be a smart move to allow women to play a part in shaping policy. By taking an active interest in politics women can become more informed about the status of these issues. Women also have the rights to express their dissatisfaction with the results of those policies by protesting. Protests don’t always work but nothing will change if we don’t try. If we want to change things, we need to stand up for our beliefs.Interviewed by Sandra Hesse, 26 years, Munich, Germany
“… we need to stand up for our beliefs!” Marwa, was one of the first observers of the election in 2014 after the revolution in Tunisia. She worked for The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) in Tunisia, a government agency in charge of organizing and supervising elections and referendums in Tunisia. Currently she is doing her masters degree in political science.